A Beer Judge’s Diary: KBOTB

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C.H. Evans: the early years.
C.H. Evans: the early years.

There were 312 entries and 155 registered participants, judges, and stewards.

1st Karl Weiss Kolsch 6C: Kolsch Morris Area Society of Homebrewers (MASH)
2nd Julie Belles Sugar Shack Brown 23A: Specialty Beer none
3rd Julie Belles Green Pond Pale Ale 10A: American Pale Ale none

The Pump
The Pump

Knickerbocker Battle of the Brews
Saratoga Thoroughbrews
Held at: The Pump House, Albany, NY

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 ”Clear!”
  Restarting a heart may not have as many problems as restarting a competition. Once restarted a heart usually finds its rhythm. Done all the time in operations. Yet restarting a competition can be problematic. Luckily, unlike starting a heart that hasn’t been beating for almost two years, restarting a competition isn’t impossible. It just will have some problems, that’s all. I found this out when I submitted to a competition in Michigan earlier in 2013: web site not operating properly, instructions unclear…little of that at Knickerbocker Battle of the Brews, because the competition master was back in charge.
  We judged Knickerbocker Battle of the Brews about 4 or 5 years ago. Then, according to Greg Mobley: organizer extraordinaire, he bowed out and unfortunately the ball was dropped in 2012.
  No organizer should have to organize forever,so I understand.
  But this year it was.. on! And, as expected, there were a few bleeps and bloops, but due to an experienced organizer the show did go on.

Sign in, check out, prizes and main pull out hair out station due to computer glitches.
Sign in, check out, prizes and main pull out hair out station due to computer glitches.


  The day: Saturday, November the 9th. We were supposed to start at about 9 but there was a bad computer glitch according to our steward: Data had been corrupted. I think it was Riker who had started feeding him barleywine and the electronics went hickity Betty Boop-ity-bop…
Courtesy originalhipster.net
Courtesy originalhipster.net
  Yes, I’m joking, but Greg and staff should have been “in a panic.” Interesting: I don’t think I’ve actually ever seen Greg panic. He seems to keep a cool head. Having helped run a few competitions that can be a big problem when glitches keep beating at your door. “Glitches” tend to be a frequent “bugaboo” of competitions, or also could be described as… well let’s just say it rhymes with both “glitches” and “Mitch is.”
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 And, uh, Mitch Miller says ah one, ah two: back to the competition…
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Mead Profile: Chaucer’s Mead

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Profiled by Ken Carman for The Professor


This is obviously a sweet, still and is considered a classic of the style by the BJCP when it comes to sweet. It deserves that status, in my opinion.

I am guessing the honey is mostly Orange Blossom, for the aroma is citrus mixed with floral. I would call it orange with a hint of rind, but very slight at best. The floral is like a flower one might find in a forest. The sweet grabs the nose and tickles it a tad.

Visual: yellow, light amber. Clarity is good, I can see the desk below the cup.

Taste: sweet with a little almost Buckwheat sense. Is this a slight add to the bev, or just aging? Orange and, again, a hint of rind. The sweet is neither cloying or marginal: just right. Body is on the slightly heavier than medium side.

Mouthfeel: slightly slick, with abv slightly clinging to the roof of the mouth. There’s a fruit/orange sense that lingers on the roof of the mouth and reminds me of a fine orange wine, and I have had one of those… they are few to be sure.

I would love to try a slightly carbonated version, and it would still be a still according to guidelines.

26 Interesting Facts About Beer

NOTE/CAVEATS: there are also alternate yeasts NOT just lager and ale, like Brett, or lactobacillus… more a bacteria. IPA created in ENGLAND, not “Europe.” Beer and pot are not “cousins.” Hop and pot are related. The brewery where lager yeast was not named “Pilsen.” “Carlsberg” was the name of the brewery and Emil Christian Hansen discovered it: for some reason this bit of history is frequently missed and, POOR Germans, it was a DANISH discovery.